They say all of us will in some way get our 15 minutes of fame. For some it may be longer and for most it will be local. But for former Powell County resident Josh Graston, it may last for 10 weeks and on the national stage to boot.
Graston, who now calls Phoenix his home, has joined 23 other people, grouped into 10 two-person teams for a new reality weight-loss show on the VH1 network. The show is called “Money Hungry” and is sort of like the popular NBC program ‘The Biggest Loser.” However there is a twist.
On both shows the contestants perform challenges looking to gain immunity and stay on the show a while longer to win money. But on “Money Hungry” each team had to put up $10,000 to compete. It makes the game more interesting, as the contestants are not just trying to lose weight and win money, but it is their money on the line.
The final two teams will get their money back and the overall winner will receive $100,000.
Graston, 28, is teamed up with a friend, identified only as Melissa, from Sioux Falls, and the team is called “No Excuses.” They have been friends for years and both want to win the contest for the money and of course to better their health.
According to the shows website and biographical information for the teams, Josh and Melissa are a good match. “Though seeming like star crossed lovers they’ve actually never been more that just friends. Although they currently live in separate states, they have maintained their close friendship. These two constantly push each other, in order to combat the stereotype that large people are lazy,” the information states.
“Josh has done extensive research on dieting and exercise. He prides himself on his vast knowledge base and believes it will make him a target. His dream is to become a personal trainer. Despite his size, Josh says he has never had a problem with women,” the website claims.
The object of the game is to lose the biggest percentage of weight. In the first week, which aired on Aug. 2, Josh’s team began the show with a combined weight of 643 pounds. They survived the first week by losing some 21 pounds.
“Josh has always been one who is an adventurer,” John Graston, Josh’s father told the Times. “He just grabs it and goes. He once went from Sioux Falls to Columbus to try out for a reality show. He doesn’t give up.”
The show airs each Monday night at 9 p.m. and is a little more risqué than normal network programming. However, the show is interesting and will run for eight more weeks on VH1. Past episodes can be seen online.
“I know Josh would love for people to watch and he’d even like to hear from some of his friends from here,” John Graston said. “He is doing a good job and it will be fun to watch.”